Balogun celebrates his first goal in Rangers colours but goes off injured in win vs Brondby
Published: October 21, 2021
 Balogun celebrates his first goal in Rangers colours but goes off injured in win vs Brondby
Glasgow Rangers claimed their first three points in Group A of the UEFA Europa League after beating Danish opponents Brondby 2-0 at the Ibrox Stadium on Thursday night.

Manager Steven Gerrard handed starts to Super Eagles duo Leon Balogun and Joe Aribo, with the center-back part of a back five and the number 17 named in a three-man midfield.

Balogun gave Rangers an ideal start when he opened the scoring with a powerful header that beat goalkeeper Mikkelsen in the 18th minute - his first goal for the Scottish champions on his 40th appearance in all competitions.

From a set play worked to perfection, the Nigeria international wasn't picked up and he rose to head home a fine delivery from Tavernier.

On the half hour mark, Rangers added to their lead through Kemar Roofe who had probably given up thinking he was in an offside position but the goal stood as VAR showed he was onside.

Shortly after the start of the second half, Mikael Uhre missed a glorious chance to reduce the arrears, putting his shot wide with only the goalkeeper to beat.

Balogun went down injured around the 64th mark and recent Super Eagles invitee Calvin Bassey came on to replace him.

It could have been a more convincing and comfortable win for the Light Blues but they hit the woodwork twice, while a penalty claim after Aribo was fouled in the box was waived away after a VAR check.

Ifeanyi Emmanuel

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